Camden Liberal Democrats have responded to Camden Council’s draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-2024, criticising its lack of vision for helping young rough sleepers not currently captured by the Council’s data, i.e. those who are ‘hidden homeless’.
Four in five young people aged between 16 and 25 sleeping rough in London do not present to their local authority as homeless. And when the winter shelters close in March, there aren’t places for young people to stay if they need a bed that night.
We are urging the Council to establish an all-year round night shelter for young people who are at risk of, or are rough sleeping in the borough.
We are also deeply concerned about the impact of planned cuts from Camden Council to homelessness and temporary accommodation services.
Lib Dem Cllr for Belsize Luisa Porritt says :
“Liberal Democrats believe in a fair and free society. We do not think that anyone should be homeless or sleeping rough, especially in London—one of the wealthiest cities in the world. In its draft strategy, Camden Council says that it wants to prevent people from becoming homeless and support those experiencing homelessness. But it is not clear how it will achieve these admirable objectives, while cutting more than £800,000 from homelessness and temporary accommodation services in the first year alone, with even deeper cuts planned in subsequent years.
The strategy also does not set out how the Council will help the vast numbers of young rough sleepers in our borough who do not present to the authority as homeless, including those from the LGBT community who are particularly at risk. Nor is there a commitment to ensure that those who have been in temporary accommodation for a long time will be offered permanent housing.”
You can read our full response to Camden Council’s draft Homelessness and Rough
Sleeping Strategy 2019-2024 below: